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Chase increases bonus offer for Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards

Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards have new increased welcome bonus offers that can help you earn a free flight faster.

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Editor's Note: The 65,000-point offers are no longer available. The current offers are for 40,000 points after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first three months from account opening.

Chase announced that new applicants for consumer Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards can benefit from increased welcome bonus offers.

Eligible cards include: Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card, Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card and Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card (which is our top choice for Southwest in our roundup of the best airline credit cards).

Below, CNBC Select breaks down the new offers.

New bonus points offer for Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards

New applicants can now take advantage of an elevated welcome bonus: Earn 65,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months your account is open.

The old offer only gave new cardholders a chance to earn 40,000 points after spending $1,000 in purchases in the first three months from account opening.

What 65,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points are worth

If you're wondering whether it's worthwhile to earn the welcome bonus, search the Southwest website for flights to see how far 65,000 points will go. A great way to maximize points redemption is to utilize Southwest's low fare calendar. CNBC Select searched sample fares and found these September 2020 travel deals:

  • Round trip flight from New York to Los Angeles for as low as 11,856 points
  • Round trip flight from San Jose to Fort Lauderdale for as low as 11,856 points
  • Round trip flight from Chicago to Orlando for as low as 6,864 points

Cardholders can get a lot from their 65,000 point welcome bonus, especially if you have flexibility in your travel dates.

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